/əˈbaʊt / (say uh'bowt)

1. of; concerning; in regard to: to talk about secrets.
2. connected with: instructions about the work.
3. somewhere near or in: she is about the house.
4. near; close to: about my height.
5. on every side of; around: the railing about the tower.
6. on or near (one's person): they had lost all they had about them.
7. here and there in or on: wander about the place.
8. concerned with; engaged in doing.
9. near in time, number, degree, etc.; approximately: about a hundred kilometres.
10. nearly; almost: about ready.
11. nearby: he is somewhere about.
12. on every side in every direction: look about.
13. half round; in the reverse direction: to spin about.
14. Nautical on the opposite tack.
15. to and fro; here and there: move furniture about.
16. in rotation or succession; alternately: turn about is fair play.
17. at large; around: there are lots of ailments about.
18. around: flowers strewn about.
19. about to, on the point of (doing something): about to leave.
20. be (all) about, to have as a set aim or goal or identifying characteristic: caring for others is what we are all about.
21. up and about, astir; active (after sleep or illness).
{Middle English; Old English abūtan, variant of onbūtan, on būtan on the outside (of)

Australian English dictionary. 2014.


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